What Did We Just Accomplish?

By FirstDown PlayBook on Jan 14, 2019

Have you ever been part of an off-season football workout and right after you finished you asked yourself, “What did we just accomplish here?” If so, you are not alone.

Offseason football workouts are designed to accomplish several things:
-Get your team in shape.
-Develop a degree of mental toughness, discipline and endurance.
-Foster team bonding while fighting through adversity together.

What often gets lost in the shuffle is that workouts should be used as a chance to make your team better football players. Now before any of you cry foul, we are not saying to practice because obviously that is illegal.

Here is what we are saying. Before you or your strength and conditioning coach implement any drill in your off season program ask yourself “What movement used in an actual football play is being simulated here?”

You can still accomplish all of the things listed above and do it with football movements. To take it a step further, get your special teams coach involved because special teams play involves moving in space, hand to hand combat and changing direction as much as any phase of football.

So before you get too far down the road with your off season conditioning program step back and take a hard look at what you are trying to accomplish. This way tomorrow morning when you roll out of bed at 4:30 for that 5:30 workout you will be sure that your football team gets better at a lot of things, including football.

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